Food Highlights from China

Our recent trip to China involved many discoveries and rediscoveries, not the least of which included foods from our childhood. There were special nostalgic moments, but also moments reshaped by our new understanding of the world and American viewpoints. First, we have to start at the hotel. Shangri-la is a five star hotel chain that …

I Found You, My Little Carabineros

After going to Lupulo, I’ve been wondering about these shrimp that cost $14 each. These tasty little carabineros. They have been haunting my dreams. So imagine my delight when I bumped into them at the market! They were (ONLY?!) $14 for 3. I guess this is not an abnormal ratio for food in restaurants. The …

Cake Crumb Bread Pudding

While making the Milk Bar Birthday Cake, I ate a lot of the batter and frosting that was stuck to the edge of the bowls. As a result, I had no space to eat the extra cake bits after I made my leaning tower of masterpiece. I left them in the refrigerator for days hoping …

Milk Bar’s Birthday Cake is the Best

…at least for now. We were watching Masterchef, and during the 100th episode, the new judge, Christina Tosi, presented her famous birthday cake. We decided that it looked like da bomb and wanted to try it. Milk Bar only sells whole cake, so we got one. Boom. The first bite was like someone injecting sugar …

Secret Sauce Alert! Koji

Koji is a commonly used ingredient in Japanese cooking. I first came across the concept of fermented rice when I was very young, and my mom made mi jiu, which means rice wine. But it’s actually mushy sweet rice with extremely low alcohol content. She regularly put it in dessert soups, and sometimes I ate …

Braised Short Rib with Cherry Cola Marinade

Eddie Huang, of Baohaus (the restaurant, not the architecture movement) and Fresh Off the Boat fame, was known for his Chairman Bao bao. When he first conceived it, it was made with skirt steak using a slightly modified Chinese braised beef recipe. Later on at his restaurant Baohaus, he served it with pork belly marinated with …

Lupulo: Portuguese in NYC

There aren’t many Portuguese restaurants in NYC. I’ve been to George Mendes older NYC restaurant, Aldea, but found it a little too contrived. When ethnic restaurants try too hard to be high end, it often turns a little French and the cultural story is muddled. Lupulo, decorated with beer jugs on the window and giant rope knots …

Dreams of sausages shaped like squid

You know how in some Asian animation (or maybe in real life) the sausages are shaped like little squid? Yes? No? Okay well I dreamt about it. When you cook sausage, the casing contracts, and any cut flips open. We’re going to use this concept to make our little squids. First, the sausage has to …

Peach Cobbler

What happens when life gives you crushed peaches from an extra day of shipping? You make peach cobbler. My mom sent me the most wonderful white peaches. It is possibly my favorite fruit – the only one that I’d board an airplane for. But somehow the package ended up being delayed, and half the peaches …

Olive Oil Cake

Someone sent me this amazing recipe, and I just have to share it with you all. (The “Author” in bold below is not me.) Author Notes: Olive oil cake at its best has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. Pulling this off should be …